Category Archives: Legislation

EU Leaders Working on New Corporate Due Diligence Requirements

By Alison James, senior director, government relations, Europe Last April, European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders announced he is planning in 2021 to propose legislation with binding due diligence obligations as part of a broader package on sustainable corporate governance. While the exact scope of the proposal is to be determined, it is expected to be […]

U.S. EPA Moving Toward Risk Management Deliberations on Toxic Chemicals

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approaching a critical phase of deliberations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the next several steps in the process will have major ramifications for electronics manufacturers, who need to focus on this issue now to […]

How do European Policy Initiatives Impact Electronics Manufacturing Competitiveness?

An interview with Alison James, IPC Europe Curious about what’s happening in IPC Europe? IPC blog staff took the opportunity to talk to Alison James, senior director, IPC Europe, Government Relations, about the European response to COVID-19, as well as other issues facing the European electronics manufacturing industry. EB: How are you settling into your role […]

This Week’s #TrendingTopic is Data Exchange on Chemical Substances

This week, IPC played a role in two different presentations offered by two different organizations on one common theme: the need for accurate, workable exchange of data about substances in products throughout the supply chain. On September 23, Kelly Scanlon, IPC’s director of environment, health and safety policy and research, presented to the workgroup on materials […]

U.S. Defense Bills Would Bring Greater Resiliency and Security to Electronics Supply Chains

By John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO For more than two decades, the United States has turned a blind eye to its shrinking electronics manufacturing base, even as experts in and out of government have warned that the decline has weakened the country’s national security. In response, both the U.S. House and Senate have included […]

Trump’s COVID Relief Actions Are a Mixed Bag

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations Over the weekend, responding to unsuccessful negotiations with Congress, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) and three memoranda aimed at extending relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive actions stretch the bounds of constitutionality, and the size and speed of the aid is […]

IPC and ITI Convene Experts and Members to Examine Critical Environmental Requirements for Electronics

Kelly Scanlon, IPC director of environment, health and safety policy and research Last Tuesday, June 9, IPC partnered with the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) to offer an educational conference for the electronics sector on critical environmental requirements. Previous conferences entailed a cross-country roadshow including stops in multiple cities from the East to West coasts. […]

301 Tariff Update — U.S. Suspends Certain Import Duties

by Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has prioritized the review of Section 301 exclusion requests related to the U.S. response to COVID-19. In March, USTR granted approximately 200 separate exclusions primarily covering personal protective equipment products and other medical-care related products. On March 20, USTR published in the […]

An IPC Policy Roadmap to Economic Recovery

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations As the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, IPC is calling for a bold, sustained policy agenda to help the electronics manufacturing sector weather the economic downturn and support the economic recovery. There can be no doubt that governments all over the world should take extraordinary measures […]

Important Update Regarding the TSCA Fees Rule and Your Company

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC Over the past month, IPC has brought to your attention that the TSCA Fees Rule may apply to your company beginning in 2020 and that there could be several challenges for those who need to comply. Challenges include the requirement to self-identify as […]